Title: Wheels Up (Out of Uniform #4)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: November 6, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Page Count: 304 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Their love is forbidden, but their hearts aren’t listening to rules and regulations.
Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is a reformed man. No longer a twentysomething hell-raiser, he’s his SEAL team’s new XO-and a man with a secret. Or seven. He’s kept his bisexual identity under wraps for years, along with his kinky side and a fondness for the military-themed semi-anonymous hookup website Joe4Joe. His latest chat buddy is more than a sexy online distraction-they’re taking their very not-safe-for-work relationship into real time.
Petty Officer Wes Lowe has a smart mouth, a take-charge attitude and an uncanny ability for making things go boom. The life of an enlisted man isn’t always enough to satisfy him, but one wild, no-questions-asked weekend with his online love comes close. When a transfer order comes in, Wes feels ready and centered. He’ll make a good impression on his new SEAL team and keep his growing feelings for Dustin on the down low.
But as they log more time online and some very real emotions surface, Dustin and Wes struggle to pretend they’re just a harmless fling. And when his commander introduces Dustin to his team’s newest member, they’re in for the shock of a lifetime…and a crushing disappointment: their difference in ranks means even a friendship without sexual contact could end their navy careers for good.
With their hearts on the line, Dustin and Wes may not survive their next mission, let alone find a way toward a future together.
Loved It. Not Surprising.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Honestly, this series speaks for itself. If you don’t already have it on auto-buy with your favorite bookseller, you should. I wouldn’t exactly call these books lighthearted, not in the way of a Lucy Lennox story, for example, however! I put this book on my humor/lighthearted shelf because they are always ‘happy’ reads that give me warm and fuzzies.
I did myself a disservice this time and read this book immediately following L.A. Witt’s newest book in the Anchor Point series, Rank & File. If you’ve read both of them, you know why I shouldn’t have done that! There are a lot of similarities, yes, but each author has a distinct voice and both stories stand on their own merits. Unfortunately, due to their proximity to each other in my reading lineup, these two stories kind of merged and overlapped in my memory at this point. So instead of comparing and contrasting writing technicalities, I’ll just say a few last words and leave it be.
This book about Dustin and Wes was my absolute favorite in the Out of Uniform series so far. I loved the dynamic between the characters both in and out of the bedroom. I was fascinated, intrigued and titillated pretty much throughout. I have been rooting for Dustin to find someone for himself since we got to see so much of him in Dylan and Apollo’s story. So … a long time! I especially liked how the usual officer/enlisted trope and the ubiquitous “[…] who, if anyone, is going to leave their job?” angst was kept to a relative minimum here. It was heartwarming, sexy, hot-hot-hot, and oh wait, H-O-T. I mean … holy hellfire, brimstone, and lava HOT. I loved it and you will too. Loved. It. And I’m in no way surprised by that. Heard!
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